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330 Revolution – the Philosophy

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

The concept is already entrenched at the tip of the spear and slowly gaining momentum elsewhere. Make no mistake, thus far none of the new Ultra Light Weight (ULW) equipment has been manufactured entirely of 330. Remember, even the old parapack used for ALICE was 420D. It is really more of a design philosophy. The elegance of this new design wave is its simplicity; functionality to enable lethality. None of the manufacturers breaking this new ground are building monolithic solutions consisting solely of one material. Instead, a design is reviewed from top to bottom for extra material and in a process that more resembles aircraft than pack design, the developers consider the application of each component of the equipment and decide what material provides the best trade off of performance and weight. Extra material and design elements are eliminated from the equipment. Additionally, user preferences are taken into account and may incorporate hybrid design combining the modularity of PALS with fixed pouches although, many of the newer ULW designs feature fixed pockets. The reasons include lower weight, simplicity, and uniformity on a micro level for operator muscle memory or on a macro level for element-wide specific mission sets. While having more then one rig may drive up cost, the organizations who have embraced this concept tend to accept the cost as part of doing business.

While the 330 revolution may not trickle down immediately to general purpose forces like so many other pieces of equipment who saw their genesis in the SOF community, many of the concepts certainly will, as individual personnel take on new assignments and manufacturers begin to influence the products they offer to military members. Eventually, I see new, higher tenacity ULW fabrics being developed to support the longer service life required for general fielding and military members asking for the elimination of redundant design features.

The 330 Revolution Pt. 1

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Mayflower Research & Consulting LLC, a little known manufacturer of highly specialized load carrying systems displayed an ultralight chest rig designed for use by the military athlete at the recent SOF Industry Conference. Manufactured from a combination of 500D and 330D Multicam Cordura, the UW Chest rig is designed to carry 4 ea 5.56mm magazines, 2 pistol magazines, up to 2 small radios (MBITR) as well as two GP pockets. Additionally, the H style harness features loops to route antennas, comms wires and hydration bladder tubing. Lessons learned in the mountains of Afghanistan have been applied in the design of this innovative chest rig. Don’t let the lightweight construction make you think that it won’t stand up to punishment. The entire design is intended to take unneeded ounces off of the wearer’s load. When used in conjunction with other equipment built with this new approach the Soldier can take pounds off of his back. All buckles are ITW Nexus IR and all materials and workmanship are 100% American. In addition to Multicam, the UW rig is available in Ranger Green and Coyote in 500D Cordura. While most of Mayflower’s work is customized to the end user, a standard version should be available soon.

Mayflower US Chest Rig in Multicam